Meal Planning Mondays
Even before I had kids, I would try and go grocery shopping once a week (usually Sunday or Monday) and NOT go back to the store. Kind of a personal challenge. I plan meals at least for Monday through Thursday. My husband and I laugh as we remember how long ago (in the mid-90’s – time of the Friends Rachel haircut, grunge and shoe boots – can you believe those are back but I digress) pre-children, even pre-marriage, we would go to the grocery store TOGETHER, casually strolling the aisles, leisurely perusing the produce. Ha. How times have changed. Now I have my list made according to the aisle of each item and see how quickly I can get through it, especially while dodging people like old high school teachers and parents from my kids’ school. And if I have my kids with me, trying to limit their food intake to bagels only.
Anyway, planning my meals takes just a few minutes and makes life a lot easier. I sit down on Sunday or Monday and think about the week, maybe have some food magazines or cookbooks if I am in need of inspiration and quickly jot down the list. I stick to the list, hopefully don’t buy things I don’t need and am in and out of the store. If there are coupons in the paper, even better. My mom used to keep what seemed like hundreds of them in a shoe box and wouldn’t dream of buying anything that wasn’t either on sale or had a coupon. I’m not that extreme, but they are useful sometimes.
This week’s dinner plan is:
Monday: Taco bar night-kids love making their own tacos
Tuesday: Chicken cutlets (with fruit and salad). Here are some chicken breast recipes from our site
Thursday: Cobb salad (green salad with grilled chicken, bacon, feta cheese, avocado and bacon – with a side of pasta or whole grains such as brown rice).
What’s your week look like?